Apollo Cloud 2 Duo

A much im­proved per­sonal cloud stor­age so­lu­tion

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - J.R. Book­wal­ter

$449 (8TB) From Prom­ise Tech­nol­ogy, prom­ise.com Needs OS X 10.10 or later, iOS 9.0 or later

Best known for mul­ti­me­dia stor­age, Prom­ise Tech­nol­ogy re­cently leapt into the con­sumer space with Apollo Cloud. The first ver­sion of this net­work-at­tached per­sonal stor­age drive showed prom­ise (pun in­tended), but weak soft­ware stopped it reach­ing its full po­ten­tial.

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo is bet­ter in ev­ery way. The drive is now avail­able with two 4TB hard disks, which can be con­fig­ured as a sin­gle 8TB vol­ume or a 4TB mir­rored ar­ray; and drives can be eas­ily swapped in the event of fail­ure. Ex­panded ca­pac­ity in­creases its di­men­sions to 4.8 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches, but the rounded cor­ners pro­vide an eye-pleas­ing de­sign that looks great.

Cloud 2 Duo at­taches to your net­work with the in­cluded Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ca­ble, at which point Apollo Cloud apps for macOS or iOS rec­og­nize the de­vice and walk you through set­ting it up in just a few min­utes. A sin­gle de­vice now stores pri­vate con­tent for up to 40 peo­ple.

The apps used to be clunky, but the lat­est ver­sions are a huge im­prove­ment. Smart al­bums dis­play con­tent by peo­ple or lo­ca­tion, al­though it’s a bit hit and miss. Apollo is the first per­sonal cloud de­vice to sup­port iOS 11, so you can drag and drop files be­tween com­pat­i­ble apps.

Al­though mar­keted for stor­ing photos and videos in your per­sonal cloud, sup­port for the Files app makes this shine as an iOS stor­age de­vice. Rather than worry about run­ning out of space on your iPhone or iPad, files can be saved or opened any­where there’s an in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

the bot­tom line. New hard­ware and apps make this an ideal per­sonal cloud for iOS de­vice own­ers.

The com­pan­ion Mac app makes it easy to trans­fer files and man­age users.

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